McMurry University names Arthur Pertile III as 2018 Distinguished Alumnus

  Gary Ellison
  Tuesday, April 10, 2018 2:21 PM
  Archives 2017 - 2018

Abilene, TX

Art PertileIn recognition of his many contributions to the legal profession and his years of service to his alma mater, McMurry University has named Arthur “Art” Pertile III ’83 of Katy, Texas, as its Distinguished Alumnus for 2018. He will be honored at McMurry’s Night of Distinction on Thursday, April 19.

Pertile is a 1983 graduate of McMurry University and obtained his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law in Austin. He has represented governmental entities and public officials exclusively for over 31 years. He began his legal career as an assistant city attorney with the Waco City Attorney’s Office and served as an assistant district attorney with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office in Houston, Texas. He also has worked as an assistant city attorney with the City of Houston. He was appointed city attorney for the City of Waco in February of 1996. In November of 2007, he joined Olson & Olson L.L.P. in Houston. Pertile is an equity partner with Olson & Olson and continues to represent cities, counties, special districts and public officials across the State of Texas. He currently serves as city attorney for the cities of Stafford, Katy, Hempstead, Simonton, Brookshire, West Columbia, Wallis, Needville and Todd Mission, Texas, and as corporate counsel for several special districts, including the Galveston Industrial Development Corporation. 

Pertile served on the McMurry Alumni Board and was inducted into the McMurry Hall of Honor in 2003. He is a past president of the Texas City Attorneys Association and serves on the Board of the Texas Municipal League. Pertile is president of the International Municipal Lawyers Association and serves as a board member of the Waco Tigers charitable organization. He has served as a commissioner  on the Texas Commission on Fire Protection, on the Board of Law Examiners District 8 Committee on Admissions of the State Bar and is a former member of the board of directors of the Government Lawyers Section of the Texas State Bar, McLennan County Bar Association, Waco Foundation, Waco Parents for Public Schools, Texas Sports Hall of Fame and the YMCA of Central Texas.  

Pertile is a recipient of the Frank Fallon “Sportsman of the Year Award” presented by the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce and the “Texas Amateur Athletic Federation’s Contributors Award” for his work with the youth of Waco. He has coached youth basketball for over forty years and is a National Youth Sport Coaches Association certified youth basketball coach.

Pertile is married to Renita D. King and they have a son, Arthur L. Pertile IV, and a daughter, Krissica L. Harper. He is a member of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church of Waco, Texas, and attends Current Christian Church of Katy, Texas.

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